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Emo Royale: Bring eyeliner and angst

When: Friday, December 1stDoors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $5
Featuring: Conman Economy, Zach Sullentrup, Between Elsewhere and Blue Jay

Flashback to 2007: your favorite pair of shoes is a worn-out pair of Converse with song lyrics written on them, “Sugar We’re Goin Down” is your Myspace Song, your AIM username reads something like xXRAwR123Xx, and there’s no such thing as too much eyeliner.

Sadly, ten years has passed. A lot of your favorite bands have since broken up (or even worse, they sold out and are releasing radio-pop records), while AIM and Warped Tour are on their deathbeds.

However, there’s good news!

You can relive all your teen angst at Emo Royale on Friday December 1. I’ll be there, and you’ll probably find me scream-crying the lyrics to “You’re So Last Summer” and reminiscing the time I met Adam Lazzara after Taking Back Sunday’s set at Warped Tour circa 2011.

The newest edition of the Royale family will include sets of Taking Back Sunday performed by Conman Economy, Fall Out Boy (pre-hiatus, obviously) performed by Zach Sullentrup & His Terrible 20s, Paramore performed by Between Elsewhere, and Never Shout Never performed by Blue Jay.

RIP AIM & WARPED TOUR </333

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Susto: & we’re fine today

When: Saturday, November 11thDoors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show
Opener: Dawg Yawp + Blue Jay

On SUSTO’s latest record, & I’m Fine Today, the five-piece band manages to blend elements of Americana and psychedelic rock to create their own unique sound. Lead single Waves is like if early A.M.-era Wilco collaborated with Oasis during the Gallagher brothers’ psychedelic phase on Standing On The Shoulder of Giants. 

And most importantly, it works.

The album deals heavily with visions and dreams for its narrative base. Lead singer Justin Osborne is willing to get very personal with his lyrics. And while the record deals with difficult topics, at the core of the record is hope. Whether it’s dealing with his father’s cancer in “Far Out Feeling” or substance abuse in “Hard Drugs”, Osborne’s lyrics provide hope. Hope that any problem in life eventually works itself out on its own, and the best that anyone can do is take it in stride.

The album concludes with “Jah Werx” an uplifting song about community and having people to help you through those dark times — perfectly describing the overall sentiment of the record.

“Jah Werx, and I’m fine today.”

SUSTO returns to Rose Music Hall this Saturday night following up on a headlining show last June at Rose that turned out to be a staff favorite.

Be sure to come early to see local indie-folk band Blue Jay! Listen to their newest single, Sapphire Eyes, below!


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Surfer Blood’s long-awaited return to Rose

When: Monday, October 23rdDoors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $14
Opener: Tree House

Surfer Blood returns to Rose Music Hall on Monday night to bring their breezy surf rock back to Columbia. The band will be supporting their newest album, Snowdonia, this time around. Snowdonia is a return to form for a band that struggled over the last few years to match the critical success of Astro Coast — the band’s debut album.

Following the passing of bassist Thomas Fekete in 2016, lead singer John Paul Pitts was writing on his own for the first time without a friend and founding member of the band.

“It was a little lonely at first,” Pitts told KEXP in an interview earlier this year. “I’d grown so used to Tom introducing me to four out of five of all my favorite bands, so his taste was really important to me, and his approval was always something that I was seeking out. My strategy was write a lot and don’t criticize, and do something that Tom would be impressed by.”

Snowdonia is the band’s most complex record to date. Themes of grief and mourning are disguised by the familiar bright guitar tones and upbeat melodies of Surfer Blood’s past.